Mouthwatering Meals on a Budget: Lafayette’s Best Cheap Eats

January 26th, 2017 by

Many people enjoy eating out at a restaurant where you can great food prepared by someone else. When you eat out, you enjoy the added benefit of not having to clean up or do dishes at your own home. While eating at a restaurant can be expensive, it doesn’t have to strain your budget. Check out this list of some of the best cheap eats in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Enjoy More Than Sweets at Carpe Diem Gelato

Even though Carpe Diem is a gelato and espresso bar, it also serves some delicious snacks that you can make into a meal. Savor the buttery goodness of a croissant with ham and cheese for under $5. For $6.99, you get a house-made soup and croissant. A hearty sandwich consisting of prosciutto, provolone, and tomato on ciabatta costs $7.99. With prices so low on food the eatery calls snacks, you’ll have money left over to buy an espresso or cup of gelato to end your meal.

Experience No-Frills Dining at Judice Inn

Known as a local institution, the Judice Inn opened its doors in 1947. Ever since then, the restaurant has satisfied patrons with juicy burgers and tasty sandwiches. The most expensive item on the menu is a ham, egg, and cheese sandwich for $6.80. If you want a basic burger, it’s only $3.50. Because this is a no-frills restaurant, the only side available is chips for $1.25. But there are some other items on the menu that are noteworthy: You can order a longneck beer with your burger or sandwich. The restaurant also serves up milkshakes and floats.

Dive Into a Poor Boy at Olde Tyme Grocery

Like Judice Inn, Olde Tyme Grocery is a well-known and popular eatery that serves up poor boys. You can order a whole sandwich or half. Seafood and specialty poor boys cost $9.50, but basic versions of the sandwich are $8.75. There’s a limited salad menu and some side items that the menu calls lagniappe, which is the Creole word for bonus.

Over the years, Olde Tyme Grocery has developed a reputation among area Catholics who want to eat either crawfish or shrimp poor boys on Fridays during Lent. This is the restaurant’s busiest time, so you might want to find someplace else to go on these days. Any other time, Olde Tyme Grocery is a great spot to go if you’re craving a lot of food since the sandwiches are so big.

Savor Italian Dishes at Deano’s Pizza

Offering appetizers, burgers, pizza, pasta dishes, and salads, Deano’s Pizza is a great place to eat without draining your bank account. Most burgers and sandwiches are well under $10. You can design your own pizza and control the cost by limiting how many toppings you choose. Pastas can be a little pricey, but there are plenty of options under $10 on the lunch menu. As you’d expect, the lunch menu offers better prices than the dinner menu. Daily lunch specials make it even more affordable to eat at Deano’s.

Whether you want a poor boy, pizza, burger, or croissant, you can find an inexpensive restaurant serving up these meals in Lafayette.

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